Playing a game with ellipses

PLAYING A GAME WITH ELLIPSES…. Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-Fla.), who is considered a vulnerable House incumbent next year, voted against health care reform two weeks ago. She’d been under fire from the National Republican Congressional Committee, and when push came to shove, Kosmas sided with the GOP on the bill.

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell wrote a column recently about how Kosmas’ vote didn’t stop the Republican attacks.

Democrat Suzanne Kosmas may have irritated her liberal base when she voted against Nancy Pelosi’s health-care bill. But she also backed the National Republican Congressional Committee into a corner … at least she would have if the party hacks had any shame or integrity.

For months, the NRCC had been sending out releases, asking whether Kosmas had the courage to do the right thing (in its mind anyway) and stand up to “Pelosi’s health-care takeover.”

Well, she did. She voted against it.

This apparently confused the simpletons at the NRCC, who don’t know how to do anything but gripe. So now, they are continuing to bash her on the topic, saying: OK, she may have done what they wanted — but not for the reasons they wanted. So they still hate her.

Why anyone pays attention to these petulant partisans who couldn’t care less about Central Florida issues is beyond me. In fact, I’m hearing from more and more Republicans — including respected ones contemplating congressional campaigns — that the NRCC’s incessant whining makes the whole party look like amateur hour.

Jason Linkins, however, noted what the National Republican Campaign Committee did with the column, when the NRCC embraced it as their own. The Republicans’ press release read:

Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell notes that Rep. Suzanne Kosmas –far from covering her political bases with a ‘NO’ vote on Pelosi’s healthcare bill — continues to get hit from both sides:

“Democrat Suzanne Kosmas may have irritated her liberal base when she voted against Nancy Pelosi’s health-care bill…[and Republicans] are continuing to bash her on the topic, saying: OK, she may have done what they wanted — but not for the reasons they wanted.”

Got that? Maxwell blasted Republicans for being “party hacks” and “simpletons,” with no “shame or integrity,” who engage in such “petulant” partisanship “incessant whining” that the “the whole party look like amateur hour.” And the National Republican Congressional Committee nevertheless thought this column was good for them, and eliminated the pesky criticism with some creatively placed ellipses.

The moral of the story: don’t trust NRCC press releases.